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Review: X-Force Vol. 1 Sins of the Past

Kid Cable is out there and X-Force wants answers. Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom-Boom, and Warpath are on his trail to get them. Then there’ Deathlok too!?

X-Force Vol. 1 Sins of the Past collects issues #1-5.

Story: Ed Brisson
Art: Dylan Burnett, Juanan Ramírez, Damian Couceiro
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Brian Reber
Letterer: Cory Petit

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Preview: Planet Of The Apes: Before The Fall Omnibus SC

Planet Of The Apes: Before The Fall Omnibus SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
Artist: Gabriel Hardman, Marc Laming, Damian Couceiro
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire, Darrin Moore, Matthew Wilson
Letterer: Ed Duekshire
Cover Artist: Phil Noto
Price: $39.99

Twenty years before a man named Taylor fell from the stars…

Ape society is in flux. The rigid caste system is breaking down. When an Ape general named Aleron discovers that the Lawgiver’s most sacred commandment—Ape Does Not Kill Ape—has been broken, he unwittingly unlocks a vast conspiracy deep in Ape City that will upend society, and all of history!

Collects Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes, Exile on the Planet of the Apes, and Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm for the first time in one prestigious omnibus.

Planet Of The Apes: Before The Fall Omnibus SC

Review: X-Force #7

X-Force #7

Stryfe comes face-to-face with Kid Cable!

Kid Cable has been captured by Stryfe and is back in the future where he’s being tortured to reveal the location of his clan. In the present, X-Force fumbles to build a time machine to go get Kid Cable.

X-Force #7 by writer Ed Brisson is an interesting one as very little happens and a lot happens as well. When it comes to the X-Force team, we get to see their personalities come out a bit more as they wait for their next move. In the future, we see Kid Cable tortured and his virus unleashed, Stryfe being his usual inferiority complex, and also the issue of Rachel Summers is dealt with as well. The issue sets up a lot but it also feels like it’s drawn out and rather slow. As a piece of the bigger story it’s important but on its own, it doesn’t really stand.

The art by Dylan Burnett and Damian Couceiro, with color by Jesus Aburtov and letterer Joe Caramagna continues the unique style of the series. There’s a cartoon element to it that works with X-Force. The future scenes with Kid Cable being consumed by his virus is a bit more mixed, especially the depiction of Cable who at times lacks detail enough to make it stand out.

The issue is a piece of the puzzle that readers of the series will enjoy but it’s absolutely not a place to start. This is an issue that can be skipped if need be but has enough to make it worth the read for fans of the series.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett, Damian Couceiro
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.70 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: X-Force #6

X-Force #6

Kid Cable wasn’t the only one who’d come back from the future…!

So what’s Stryfe’s deal? Much like Kid Cable, this Stryfe seems younger and earlier in his reign of destruction. Writer Ed Brisson explores this version of Stryfe in X-Force #6.

The issue shows us events from Stryfe the his MLF’s perspective. Yes, it’s the usual playing with time but Brisson keeps it all pretty smooth and clear. What’s more interesting is we get a Stryfe who’s more than just angry about his existence (is he the clone? is he the original?). In the past, Stryfe was a pretty one-note character. Here, it feels like “Stryfe Year One” as he has that same insecurity as before but also anger towards Apocalypse and a want to prove his worth and rightful position. In some ways he’s depicted as a savior, through his machinations it’s clear he’s not. It’s a more interesting take on the character and through well thought out moments, Brisson adds layers Stryfe has been missing.

The art by Damian Couceiro, with color by Erick Arciniega and lettering by Cory Petit, is interesting. The style isn’t quite the stylized look we’ve seen from the previous issues but there’s something different and charming about it all. The designs are both torn-apocalyptic and clean at the same time. It’s an odd juxtaposition that makes the world a bit more interesting.

The issue is a nice break with an interesting perspective and delivers some answers and a clearer idea as to what has been going on. It also creates some depth to a villain who has been gone for too long and has potential to become a great again. Brisson is putting together something really interesting dipping into the past (and future) while forging new concepts at the same time.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Damian Couceiro
Color: Erick Arciniega Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: X-Force #5

X-Force #5

Before Extermination and before X-Force…young Nathan Summers was a mutant messiah warrior fighting against an apocalyptic future. But he wasn’t supposed to arrive in our time until well into adulthood…so what happened?

Why did Kid Cable go on a mission to send back the original X-Men? Why did he kill his older self? Writer Ed Brisson reveals what lead up to his mission to right the timeline.

At the end of X-Force #4, Stryfe and his Mutant Liberation Army arrived to stop Kid Cable and this issue is the revelation of what got us to that point and the battle with X-Force in X-Force #5. It’s an interesting issue as it jumps around in time and with the reader’s possible knowledge of Stryfe, creates a whole new page for that character and Cable. Is everything as black and white, good and bad, as it seems? Brisson leaves us with some questions as far as that and it’s not as clear as to whether Stryfe is truly the bad guy here.

The art by Damian Couceiro with color by Jesus Aburtov and lettering by Cory Petit is good continuing the unique style of the series. There’s some interesting horror aspects thrown into the future aspect of the series as the time storm changes reality. It’s a solid emphasis on that confusion and the torture as characters blink out of existence or fuse together. It could maybe have been played up a bit more but as is, the tone of those scenes are set really well.

The issue is an interesting one as it gives us some of the “why” as far as Kid Cable’s mission but also leaves open some questions as to whether he’s truly in the right as far as it. It’s also nice that Brisson is delivering a new take on Stryfe as well as the two characters go together and it feels like too long since we’ve gotten a good take on the modern classic villain.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Damian Couceiro
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: X-Force #5

X-Force #5

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Damian Couceiro (CA) Pepe Larraz
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• Spotlight on the kid called Cable!
• Before EXTERMINATION and before X-FORCE…young Nathan Summers was a mutant messiah warrior fighting against an apocalyptic future.
• But he wasn’t supposed to arrive in our time until well into adulthood…so what happened?
• Find out in this issue!

X-Force #5

Preview: Sons Of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book One SC

Sons Of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book One SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Christopher Golden, Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro, Jesús Hervás
Colorist: Stephen Downer, Michael Spicer
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Robert Sammelin
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the the first of three Sons of Anarchy Legacy Editions! Collecting the previously released  Sons of Anarchy comic for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced format that no fan can afford to miss.

With stories taking place throughout key seasons of the his show, Kurt Sutter delivers the epic outlaw story of Charming’s most notorious biker gang as they to keep the family together, while also staying one step ahead of the law.

Collects Sons of Anarchy (2014) #1-6, 8-14.

Sons Of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book One SC

Preview: Old Man Logan #47

Old Man Logan #47

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Damian Couceiro (CA) Andrea Sorrentino
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACKNESS OF SPACE!
• What is it? And what does it want with Logan? The Marvel U’s newest alien menace is on the loose and ready to start a rampage…

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